The Leschi Community Council will hold its annual used book sale in September. All proceeds benefit Seattle Music Partners (SMP), an elementary-school instrumental music tutoring program that prepares students to audition for the middle and high school bands and orchestras. 

SMP has after-school programs at Bailey Gatzert, Leschi Elementary and Thurgood Marshall elementary schools and Madrona K-8 School. 

Please donate your used books for this sale. Call 726-0923 for drop-off information.


Madison Park

A 9.0 quake — seismologists tell us that we could have an earthquake of this magnitude any time. How do we prepare for this or other types of disasters? The Madison Park Community Council (MPCC) will consider whether we should have a disaster-relief plan in place for our neighborhood so we can be prepared to fend for ourselves until relief arrives. If you are interested in helping develop a plan, let us know by e-mail: MPCCPres.gene@gmail.com. Or call (206) 940-4489.

What will be the reality of our trying to travel to and through the Montlake corridor during and after the construction of the new state Route 520? How real is a possible new bridge over the Montlake Cut? What will be the effect on traffic with the opening in 2016 of the new light-rail terminal at Husky Stadium, as well as all of these other transportation projects? 

The MPCC will consider these and other neighborhood issues in the coming year with new officers and a new board of directors. I am the new president, Maurice Cooper is the first vice president, David Saylor Price is the second vice president, Doug Berry is the treasurer and Bob Edmiston is the board secretary. 

The board will miss David Hutchins, who is at the end of his board term of office. He has been of great service to the community. Our past president, Gail Irving, will continue her wonderful efforts as a very active board member. The other board members who continue to serve are Bruce Brown, Betty Bottler, Roberta Cole, Alice Lanczos, CJ Murray and Don Sorenson. Bill Franklin has joined the board and is already pitching in by leading a new project that you will soon learn about.

The MPCC is your organization. We need your support, both in giving a hand with the new projects that will be announced at our Sept. 11 community meeting at the Bathhouse at 7 p.m. and in financially supporting us. 

The next meeting will be on Aug. 6 — same time and place (there will be no July meeting). We will learn about the sidewalk improvement project on the south side of East Madison, between 41st and 42nd avenues East, and we will give our input about the proposed Greenway Project. Bob Edmiston is in the center of exciting planning to develop a bicycle/pedestrian corridor so our neighborhood can have a safer way to travel north and south, on foot or wheels, to destinations like McGilvra Elementary School. Come, listen and tell us what you think. 

Please be generous with your contributions so we can continue to make our community an even better one that serves your and your family’s needs. Contributions can be sent to MPCC, 4111 E. Madison St., No. 47, Seattle, WA 98112. All contributions are tax-deductible, as the MPCC is a 501(c)3 organization. Checks should be made out to the Madison Park Community Council. 

— Gene Brandzel, president